The Man from the Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy

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...But I just didn't warm to it, I found Mr Fandango a wee bit creepy and Minnie was OK with it but didn't ask for it again.
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“The man from the land of Fandango / Is given to dancing and dreams, / He comes in at the door like a somersault star / And he juggles with junkets and jam in a jar / And custards and caramel creams.”
 
Two children paint Mr. Fandango to life, and together the trio has a tremendous adventure with baboons and bisons, dinosaurs and kangaroos! Polly Dunbar’s textured, childlike illustrations reveal a playful imaginary world, and even the lines of type curve and tango. A bouncy, buoyant read-aloud for storytime.

 

About Margaret Mahy

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MARGARET MAHY, the iconic children's author from New Zealand who sadly died earlier this year, wrote more than 200 books for children of allages and is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding children's writers of the twentieth century. In 2006 she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her books have become modern classics. Her other picture books for Frances Lincoln include:  Dashing Dog, illustrated by Sarah Garland, and Down the Back of the Chair and Bubble Trouble, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar.POLLY DUNBAR is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of picture books, including Dog Blue and the Tilly series (Walker Books). Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are Bubble Trouble, Down the Back of the Chair (with Margaret Mahy), Looking After Louis (9781845070830) and Measuring Angels (9781847800480). Polly lives in Brighton, Sussex.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jennifer and Minnie, aged 1, and Bebe, aged 8 months on Oct 12 2012

...But I just didn't warm to it, I found Mr Fandango a wee bit creepy and Minnie was OK with it but didn't ask for it again.

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